Metropolitan District


Rev. Denise Smartt Sears

Reverend Dr. Denise Smartt Sears is a native of Brooklyn, New York. She currently serves as district superintendent of the Metropolitan District of the New York Annual Conference. Rev. Sears was the first pastor of the New Rochelle United Methodist Church formed under her leadership. Previously, Rev. Sears served as the pastor of St. Luke’s UMC for eight years and Christ UMC for one year. Sears seeks to unite individuals from various socio economic and cultural backgrounds while strengthening the youth and small group ministries.  She is passionate about living out the challenge of being a church of “Open Hearts, Open Minds and Open Doors.” By the grace of God she is equipped to…run with perseverance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our faith.

Rev. Sears holds a B.S. from Dillard University, New Orleans, Louisiana, a M.S. from Bank Street College of Education, New York, New York, and the M.Div. from Drew University, Madison, New Jersey. She earned her D.Min from Drew University in Congregational Growth and Development in May, 2011.

She served the United Methodist Church of Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, New York where she began an outreach ministry to the Russian community. In 1999 she was appointed pastor of Epworth United Methodist Church, Bronx, New York. There she instituted a midday weekly worship and praise service and enhanced their after school program. In 2002 Rev. Sears was ordained an elder and appointed as the first woman pastor of St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, New Rochelle, New York. Under her leadership Christ United Methodist Church and St. Luke’s merged and formed New Rochelle United Methodist Church with the motto: “UPLIFT: United People Living In Faith To Transform."

Active in the community, she is a member of the Coalition of Mutual Respect; Citizens for A Better New Rochelle; Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Westchester Alumnae Chapter, Jack and Jill of America, Inc. Westchester Chapter, and is a chaplain for the New Rochelle Police Department. Rev. Sears is married to Mr. Wendell T. Sears and they are the proud parents of two sons, Daniel and William.




Bronx: Bethel

Bronx: Butler Memorial

Bronx: Calvary

Bronx: Co-op City

Bronx: Crawford Memorial

Bronx: Epworth

Bronx: Fordham

Bronx: Ghana

Bronx: St. Stephen's English

Bronx: St. Stephen's Hispanic

Bronx: Tremont

Bronx: Trinity (City Island)

Bronx: Wakefield Grace

Bronx: Westchester

Bronx: Woodycrest

Croton-on-Hudson: Asbury

Dobbs Ferry: Aldersgate

Hartsdale: St. Paul's


Manhattan: Chinese

Manhattan: Christ

Manhattan: Church of the Village

Manhattan: First Spanish

Manhattan: Grace

Manhattan: HA:N (New Church Start)

Manhattan: Japanese American United

Manhattan: John Street

Manhattan: Korean Methodist Church & Institute

Manhattan: Metropolitan Community

Manhattan: Metropolitan Koryo

Manhattan: Morningside

Manhattan: Mount Calvary/St. Mark's

Manhattan: Park Ave

Manhattan: Salem

Manhattan: St. Paul & St. Andrew

Mt. Vernon: Asbury

Mt. Vernon: First

New Rochelle

North Yonkers: Community

Ossining: St. Matthew's

Staten Island: Bethel

Staten Island: Christ

Staten Island: Christ Korean

Staten Island: Faith

Staten Island: Korean

Staten Island: Marn-Baeksung

Staten Island: St. Mark's

Staten Island: St. Paul's

Staten Island: Summerfield

Staten Island: Woodrow

Tuckahoe: Central Korean


Westchester: Union Japanese

White Plains: Memorial

White Plains: Trinity

Yonkers: Asbury-Crestwood

District Administrative Assistant

Mariyam Muhammad

475 Riverside Drive, Room 1922
New York, NY 10115

Office Phone: 914-615-2227




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